Brain damage may be repaired by “replacement” cell transplants

Damage to the brain is one of the most difficult injuries to repair — in large part, because of the highly specialized functions of cortical cells. But a team of scientists from LMU Munich recently found that the damaged neural connections can be rebuilt by transplanting embryonic neurons into the affected areas of the brain. […]

Transplanted neurons thrive in Parkinson’s-affected brains

Neurons transplanted into the brains of adult patients with Parkinson’s disease 14 years ago are still healthy, a new study shows. Researchers checked on five patients that received transplant of dopamine-secreting neurons from fetal tissue and report that the neurons had not degenerated over time. Parkinson’s disease is caused by loss of dopamine-secreting neurons and […]

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